The Express Technician monitors the cat’s respiration, pulse and color, checks the Veterinary Examination Form record to be sure the cat is a non-pregnant female and expresses the bladders of non-pregnant females and cryptorchid males. This position requires a rabies vaccination.
- Respiration should be >6/minute, heartbeat should be >100/minute, and gum color should be pink. If the cat is not breathing well, or its gums are blue, take the cat immediately to the Emergency CPR Station. Speaking loudly and calmly say “cat not breathing” to alert vets to converge at the Emergency CPR Station. Note: Xylazine causes pale gums.
- When transporting, do not hold the cat from the scruff of its neck alone. Always support its back and bottom too. Support the cat’s head without flexing its neck, so that the airway remains straight and open.
- Keep the cat entirely on its fleece, including its tail, head and all of its feet. Do not allow any part of the cat’s body to contact clothing, skin or anything except the fleece, in order to prevent any contamination from cat to cat.
- Do not express pregnant females. When in doubt, do not express!
- Do not remove any alert tags.
- Do not persist, if the bladder is difficult to express.
Bladder Express Technician Instructions
Compare the Paw Tag and the Medical Record to be sure the ID# matches.
Check the Veterinary Examination Form for gender and pregnancy status of the cat. If the cat is pregnant, do not express the bladder and send it on to the Spay Boards Station.
Squeeze the bladders of non-pregnant females and cryptorchid males into the urine collection container provided. If the procedure is unfamiliar, ask for a demonstration:
- If the cat seems pregnant and the bladder cannot be definitively identified, pass the cat on to the Spay Boards Station. When in doubt, do not express!
- If a cat cannot be readily expressed, move on. Do not risk traumatizing the bladder.
- If the station has more than 3 cats waiting, let the Pre-Prep Station Captain know that assistance is needed.
- If the urine appears bloody or was difficult to express, make a note on the Medical Record..
Transfer the cat to the Spay Boards Station.
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Station Closing and Cleanup
When the clinic is concluded:
- Inventory the remaining supplies and record shortages on the Inventory Reconciliation included in the kit.
- Repack the kit, including station instructions.
- Empty the ice in the small cooler and return the Penicillin to the Clinic Supervisor. The small cooler is returned to the storage room.
- Clean both rolling tables, ensuring all tape is removed, including undersides of the tables and return them to Anatomy Lab or Prep Room as appropriate.
- Clean the surgical table, including all tape, and return to proper location, ensuring that the table is lifted entirely and does not scrape on the floor.
- Wipe as much of the surgical lamp as can be reached.
- Place the kit on the pre-op rolling cart in the proper location.
- Clean the area and dispose of all trash, including plastic covering from the tables.